Why can’t all the really smart people in this country solve the healthcare crisis?
The democrats tried and it didn’t work out to well.
And now the republicans are trying and sort of the same thing so far.
Is it politics?
Sure, that is what it can easily look like.
One side wants to give more to these folks and less to someone else, and the other side vice versa.
But I don’t think that is the truth!
Wouldn’t we all like to give health coverage to every single man, woman, and child in this country!
Seriously…doesn’t everyone have a heart and soul somewhere in there.
And we all know and/or fear what it’s like to be at risk, without proper coverage, and without the medical care and medicine that can be lifesaving!
So here’s the real problem folks:
It’s not healthcare, nor any of the other social or national security issues we face — whether the military, space exploration, environmental concerns, jobs, or anything else.
This is what it is…
It’s called the national debt, which stands art $20,000,000,000,000.
And that doesn’t even include ANOTHER 127,000,0000,000,000 of unfunded liabilities for things like social security and medicare etc.
This is a nation that collectively doesn’t save — it spends — and it spends not only it’s current purse, but it’s future one too!
In fact, total U.S Household wealth in aggregate of $90,000,000,000 is eclipsed by our overall national debt!
True, this doesn’t include trillions of dollars of other significant business or national assets, but it does point to the overall severity of our highly-leveraged financial position.
So where does this leave us?
We can’t really solve healthcare or any of our other problems — if we are BROKE, busted, and a debtor nation.
Yes, it takes money to invest, and money to pay for solutions for now and for the future.
But how can you possibly solve anything, if your pockets are not only empty but have a big f*ckin’ hole in them.
So folks, the lousy decisions of the past and present are coming back to haunt us.
It’s a tidal wave, a tsunami of debt — of unbelievable corruption and kicking the can down the road — of fraud, waste, and abuse — of shortsightedness and lack of real leadership — and the time is coming to pay the piper!
If you think the political infighting — liberal and conservatives — tea party and progressives — alt left and alt right — socialists and dictators — is bad now?
But unfortunately, unsolvable problems lead to accusations and recriminations — finger-pointing all around — calls for impeachment — calls to let the other party or some independent lead us out of this mess.
Do you think being in such a challenging situation could also lead us to make rash and stupid mistakes or even go to war?
In the end, how do you lead us out of a dead-end caused by generations of recklessness with our country’s finances?
Some say perhaps we can grow ourselves out of the debt — maybe we need to go back to school and all get our MBAs and start the whole messed up story all over again?
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)